The Minnesota Timberwolves faced off against Western Conference foe, Los Angeles Lakers, tonight which turned out to be an absolute steamrolling. Star, Kevin Love, led the Timberwolves recording a triple double with 22 points, 10, rebounds, and 10 assists in the 143-107 victory. A performance as outstanding as this one, of course brings up the question as to where Love ranks amongst the NBA‘s power forwards.
Questions have been raised lately regarding Kevin Love’s ability to win on numerous occasions since he has entered the league in 2008. It has been warranted criticism as the Timberwolves have failed to record a winning record with Love as a member of the team. However, a majority of the blame can be placed on the franchise since they have failed to surround him with enough talent to compete in what has been an extremely competitive Western Conference. Unfortunately for Love, this has been the main reason as to why he is not regarded as the clear cut best power forward in the NBA.
There is plenty of competition at the three spot, including Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge, for example. Out of the trio, Love has the most complete game. He can shoot from the outside, score on the inside, rebound amongst the league leaders, and is an above-average passer for a big man. Love’s game is unique in the fact that he is able to shoot from the outside while also maintaining an average of over 10 rebounds per game.
Hopefully, for the sole reason of entertainment, Love will eventually be part of a winning team. This may mean ditching Minnesota when he holds the ability to decline his player option and become an unrestricted free agent in 2015. Teams such as the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers will have ample cap space to offer Love a contract, resulting in much more exposure. A big-market team may be just the thing to convince fans across the country regard Love as the best power forward in the league once and for all.